Monday, October 25, 2010

Booknotes III (October '10)

New Arrival:

Love and War: The Civil War Letters and Medicinal Book of Augustus V. Ball edited by Donald S. Frazier and Andrew Hillhouse (State House Press, 2010).

This massive book should be of interest to students of Civil War medicine and the war in the Trans-Mississippi. Dr. Ball served in the 23rd Texas Cavalry and McMahan's Battery, and his letters to his wife and other friends and family described his service with these units. The editors also include Ball's recipe book of medicines. This annotated material gives insight into remedies of all types used by experienced physicians during this period.

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